May Shelmire Duncan
May Shelmire Duncan of Carbondale passed away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006. One of five children, she was born in San Antonio, Texas, May 7, 1955, to Genevieve Lykes and G. Cameron Duncan. May was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend. May grew up in San Antonio, attending St. Mary’s Hall and graduating from high school at The Selwyn School in Denton, Texas. She attended the University of Denver, graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in anthropology and a minor in art. She had interests in many areas and was always very artistic. May kept in close contact with her siblings, nieces and nephews, and traveled back to San Antonio often to visit her parents and attend to business in Texas. May met Skip Doty in college and they were married after having moved to Boston, where Skip attended graduate school at MIT. From Boston they returned to Colorado to settle first in Glenwood Springs and then in Carbondale. May had a strong connection to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Glenwood Springs and would continue to attend the church services and events with close friends she had met there. May became closely familiar with the Mt. Sopris Montessori School, and was a substitute teacher and devoted supporter of the school. She loved working with school projects, the children and other teachers. May also had a special interest in and helped support the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.In countless ways, May touched the lives of many people. She was interested in getting to know a person well. She was thoughtful, loving, supportive of many charities, and interested in helping out where ever she could. May will be deeply missed by all, and we know that she will live on in our hearts with her openness, warmth and the smile with which she greeted everyone. She is survived by her husband; mother; siblings Genevieve (Keith Snodgrass) Duncan, Cameron (Susan) Duncan Jr., F. Bowie (Helen) Duncan; seven nieces and nephews; one great-niece and one great-nephew. May was preceded in death by her father; and brother James McKay Duncan.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Sopris Montessori School, 876 Euclid Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623; the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 1493 Cty. Rd. 106, Carbondale, CO 81623; the San Antonio Area Foundation, P.O. Box 120366 San Antonio, TX 78212-9566; St. Mary’s Hall, 9401 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217.Memorial services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the UU Church, Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wolfsohn Rd., with a reception following the service; and in San Antonio, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Pl., with a reception following the service. Her ashes will be scattered at the family home in Egypt, Texas, in a private ceremony. Letters of condolence may be sent to the Duncan family at 2120 Rabb Rd., Austin, TX 78704.
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